A porter in a British hotel comes upon an American tourist impatiently jabbing at the button for the lift.
"Sir, the lift will be here in a moment."
"Lift? Lift?" replies the American. "Oh, you mean the elevator."
"No sir, here we call it a lift."
"Well, as it was invented in the United States, it’s called an elevator."
"Yes sir, but as the language was invented here, it’s called a lift."
n. Archaic father (esp. As a child's word). [greek papas]
n. Colloq. - paratrooper.
- paragraph. [abbreviation]
- prefix (also par-) 1 beside (paramilitary).
- beyond (paranormal). [greek]
- comb. Form protect, ward off (parachute; parasol). [latin paro defend]
v. (-ring) 1 a trim or shave by cutting away the surface or edge. B (often foll. By off, away) cut off (the surface or edge).
- (often foll. By away, down) diminish little by little. [latin paro prepare]
—n. - large public garden in a town, for recreation.
- land attached to a country house etc.
- a large area of uncultivated land for public recreational use. B large enclosed area where wild animals are kept in captivity (wildlife park).
- area for parking vehicles etc. (car park).
- area for a specified purpose (business park).
- a us sports ground. B (usu. Prec. By the) football pitch. —v. - (also absol.) Leave (a vehicle) temporarily.
- colloq. Deposit and leave, usu. Temporarily. park oneself colloq. Sit down. [french from germanic]
n. Young salmon. [origin unknown]
of speech n. Grammatical class of words (in english noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb, verb, etc.).
- —n. - some but not all of a thing or group of things.
- essential member, constituent, or component (part of the family; spare parts).
- portion of a human or animal body.
- division of a book, broadcast serial, etc., esp. Issued or broadcast at one time.
- each of several equal portions of a whole (3 parts sugar to 2 parts flour).
- a allotted share. B person's share in an action etc. (had no part in it). C duty (not my part to interfere).
- a character assigned to, or words spoken by, an actor on stage. B melody etc. Assigned to a particular voice or instrument. C printed or written copy of an actor's or musician's part.
- side in an agreement or dispute.
- (in pl.) Region or district (am not from these parts). 10 (in pl.) Abilities (man of many parts). —v. - divide or separate into parts (crowd parted).
- a leave one another's company (parted the best of friends). B (foll. By from) say goodbye to.
- (foll. By with) give up; hand over.
- separate (hair of the head) to make a parting. —adv. In part; partly (part iron and part wood). for the most part see *most. For one's part as far as one is concerned. In part (or parts) partly. On the part of made or done by (no objection on my part). Part and parcel (usu. Foll. By of) an essential part. Part company see *company. Play a part 1 be significant or contributory.
- act deceitfully.
- perform a theatrical role. Take in good part not be offended by. Take part (often foll. By in) assist or have a share (in). Take the part of support; side with. [latin pars part-]
n. Slang brief infatuation. [abbreviation of *passion]